On July 25 and 26, in conjunction with the Newport Folk Presents -- the folks behind the Newport Folk Festival, happening the same weekend, -- newportFILM will be showing two documentaries that mesh harmonically with the sold-out music festival that draws tens of thousands to Fort Adams State Park every year.
Heartworn Highways Revisited, to be shown at the Casino Theater at 9 Freebody St. ib July 25, explores the original seminal music documentary, Heartworn Highways, which "captured the nascent roots of the Outlaw Country movement in the mid-70s," according to a release.
Inspired by the original filmmakers’ quest, Heartworn Highways Revisited will journey into the simple heart of a similar contemporary community.
Like Guy Clark, Townes Van Zandt, Steve Earle and David Allen Coe, today’s outlaws make up an extended family of musicians that often collaborate and tour together, but stand distinctly on their own. This group includes John McCauley (of Deer Tick), Jonny Fritz (aka: Corndawg), Josh Hedley, Justin Townes Earle, Shovels & Rope, Langhorne Slim, Robert Ellis, Shelly Colvin, Phil Hummer, amongst others.
Best of all, McCauley of Deer Tick, Langhorne Slim, Andrew Combs and Director Wayne Price will be in attendance for a post-film Q&A.
An optional cocktail hour begins at 7 p.m. and the film begins at 8:15 p.m.
The Ballad of Shovels and Rope will be shown the following night at the Casino Theater. This film captures "the tours and detours" of husband and wife Cary Ann Hearst and Michael Trent as they work to release the critically acclaimed album "O' Be Joyful" on a path that led their two-person band, Shovels and Rope, to be named "Emerging Artist of the Year."
"Necessity is the mother of invention. Less is more. Make it work with what you've got. Two guitars, a junkyard drum kit, a handful of harmonicas, voices, and above all... songs," a release stated. "the two-man family band uses ingenuity and hard work to create something out of nothing."
Film begins at 8:15 p.m. and a post-film Q&A with producer Paul Bannister will be held after the show.
For tickets and to watch a trailer for each movie, visit the following:
Heartworn Highways Revisted: http://www.newportfilm.com/film-events/films/heartworn-highways-revisited
The Ballad of Shovels and Rope: http://www.newportfilm.com/film-events/films/ballad-shovels-and-rope